Heartburn

Heartburn Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage If the writer is Nora Ephron the answer is a resounding yes For in this inspired confection of adultery reveng

  • Title: Heartburn
  • Author: Nora Ephron Meryl Streep
  • ISBN: 9780385367295
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Audio
  • Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.SevenIs it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman The fact that the other woman has a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs is no consolation Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron s irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect souffl.

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    About “Nora Ephron Meryl Streep

    • Nora Ephron Meryl Streep

      Nora Ephron was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, and blogger.She was best known for her romantic comedies and is a triple nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle She sometimes wrote with her sister, Delia Ephron.



    604 thoughts on “Heartburn

    • The week before Nora Ephron died, I happened to order this (used) book, which I've been meaning to read for quite some time since she referenced it often in her essays & interviews. Apparently I'm the only woman in America who thinks this is not particularly good. Even the previous recipient had a note written to her on the first page that says as much: "No woman's bookshelf should be without this!" Seriously? Well, maybe there's one other woman out there who didn't like it also, because tha [...]


    • 3.5 stars“I married him against all evidence. I married him believing that marriage doesn’t work, that love dies, that passion fades, and in so doing I became the kind of romantic only a cynic is truly capable of being.”The history and origins of this novel and the subsequent film are a matter of record. It charts the end of Ephron’s marriage to the journalist Carl Bernstein. The focus is Bernstein’s affair with Margaret Jay. The characters are very thinly disguised. In the book Ephron [...]


    • I gave this book 3 stars, because although I enjoyed it, it's not a book I finished and instantly began recommending to everyone I know. It was a very quick read and I liked how unique it was with the comfort food recipes set within the novel. I thought it was clever and funny how Nora made light of a very sad situationheartbreak.


    • Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/I grew up with Nora Ephron. Her movies taught me everything I would ever need to know about having unrealistic expectations when it comes to matters of the heart . . . They made me laugh . . . And sometimes they even made me cry . . . That's why it's so hard for me to give this book such a low rating. But it's a low rating I must give because Heartburn just wasn't very good. I'll let Nora's own words do most of the talking here so I don't have to, but to [...]


    • This is one of those books that shows you how much a writer can get away with when they possess a strong voice. Heartburn is a fun novel about marital infidelity but it only hits one note. There's no depth or complexity to the story. Instead, it reads like a comedic monologue albeit a very enjoyable one, but still I wanted more, no matter how many times I laughed or smiled to myself.


    • My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars‘I think I was so entranced with being a couple that I didn’t even notice that the person I though I was a couple with thought he was a couple with someone else.’Heartburn is Nora Ephron’s first and only novel, and this breaks my heart because I adored this story. Never did I think it so thoroughly possible to take a story about heartbreak and turn it into something so full of life and jest. Heartbreak is a devastating thing that we humans are forced to suffer th [...]


    • Just felt like laughing, so picked this book up to visit with again. Fave quote: " Show me a woman who cries when the trees lose their leaves in autumn, and I'll show you a real asshole."


    • Meh. I was inspired to read a little Ephron after reading a recent NY Times article about her written by her son. And naturally, I chose this one, not for the biting humor, but because I really wanted to know what went down between her and Carl Bernstein. Apparently this book was her "revenge dish best served cold" and was so close to the truth that there were lawyers and restraints and all kinds of nonsense as a result. Nora Ephron was brilliant in her belief that if you take a bad situation (l [...]


    • "My mother taught me many things when I was growing up, but the main thing I learned from her is that everything is copy. She said it again and again, and I have quoted her saying it again and again. As a result, I knew the moment my marriage ended that someday it might make a book – if I could just stop crying. One of the things I’m proudest of is that I managed to convert an event that seemed to me hideously tragic at the time to a comedy – and if that’s not fiction, I don’t know wha [...]


    • Wince, wince. Ouch. How can I give my hero a 3? But oh, I must. I fell in love with Nora Ephron when I read her book of essays called I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. The love affair continued when I read another collection of essays called I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections. She is a brilliant comedian, and her timing and delivery are perfect. She also wrote a great article about death and dying, which I continue to pass around to friends every chance I get. [...]


    • Meryl Streep reading Heartburn on audio was EVERYTHING. I've been wanting to listen to this for ages, and I'm sooo so glad I finally did.Nora Ephron caught her husband cheating on her when she was seven months pregnant with their second child, and writing Heartburn is what she did about it. What is better than a jilted woman out for revenge on her cheating husband? A FAMOUS jilted woman with a publishing contract and razor-sharp pen.In Heartburn, the Rom-Com Box Office Ephron of Sleepless in Sea [...]


    • I love Nora Ephron. I really do. This is not a perfect book, but it was perfect for me right now. I laughed, was touched, jotted down quotes and was generally reminded why Nora is my go-to when I need something to cheer me up. I read a part of this before realizing Meryl Streep narrated the audiobook, so I downloaded it, and lay in bed most of today, reading my physical copy along with Meryl. This is a semi-autobiographical novel about Nora's time being married to her second husband, whom she fo [...]


    • A funny premise but it fell slightly short for me. It almost felt like she spoke on a tape recorder and then just jotted down what she had said verbatim, instead of compiling it into concise thoughts. It was extremely jumbled and all over the place.Stars are for the audio being read by my spirit animal, Meryl Streep.


    • A light fluffy easy read if you can call the topic of divorce "fluffy" I simply loved this story of a New York couple who are facing the effects of infidelity and are verging on a divorce. So many witty moments had me chuckling hard throughout, I'm actually sad that the book was so short. Ephron had an uncanny ability to turn ordinary thoughts and situations into comedy gold. I felt like reading this is better than therapy! There is something so warm and inviting in her writing style. Really enj [...]


    • Thoroughly enjoyed reading this story.Essentially the bitter pill of a failing marriage coated with sweet sour sarcasm and humor. Lots of food references and a few recipes thrown in.The protagonist is Rachel, a Jewish lady (she harps a lot about Jewish way of life, hence I too am mentioning it) with a toddler son, who at the beginning is 7 months pregnant with her second child and who has just got proof of her husband Mark's infidelity with Thelma, a not well loved family friend. Thelma has a ve [...]


    • AudiobookFirst off, Meryl Streep's narration was fantastic. She also starred in the movie but I don't know if this was before or after narrating the book. The movie almost exactly mirrored the book except for the Key Lime Pie scene which was all internal dialogue in the book and was spoken in the movie (I liked that she said it all out loud so I'm siding with the movie on this). Some parts had me tearing up on the train - it's so hard when you love someone and they don't love you anymore no matt [...]


    • perfectly in accordance with the peanut chorus on this one. book is funny, witty, clever, heartbreaking, and mouthwatering all at once. tackles the big questions like 'how do you make love stay?' and 'what is the best way to mash potatoes?' reads easily, lightly, but has a lot of emotional depth. of course i knew ahead of time that the book is mostly autobiographical, and that made it sad even as our main character cracked jokes and spun stories out of the truly shitty turn her life took when he [...]


    • Look, it's not badly written, and often funny, and sometimes even a little poignant (although, I don't know how much that was enhanced by Meryl's acting - and she really did act this audiobook, which was a problem in itself). And it's a roman à clef, so it hardly seems fair to accuse it of being too blatantly autobiographical, or too "journal-ish", as many of the more negative reviews here on gr say. But I'll home in on two things that really bothered me.First, the humour is tremendously mean-s [...]


    • I read this book when it first came out, and this is my first re-read in almost 30 years. As is usually the case, this was a very different book. I was really struck this time by how rich Mark and Rachel are. This time, I could really see the anger simmering below the surface. This time, fully aware of the novel as being a roman a clef, I was wondering who the real-life counterparts of some of the characters are. Still laugh-out-loud funny in places. There's never been a more withering, funny co [...]


    • I think a good 60% of the Book Riot contributors have read this audiobook and raved about it so it was only a matter of time until I got to it. Streep reads it incredibly well (and gets a lot more to work with in the novel than in the only so-so movie version). And it's funny and enjoyable to spend time with Rachel. This isn't a terribly serious book about divorce, not one that will help you work through your own relationship problems, but it's a nice way to spend some time.


    • Picked this up at the library after I heard of Nora Ephron's death and everyone was talking about this book. It was funny and a quick read. Three things I learned:1. Nora Ephron was very funny.2. Carl Bernstein is a dick.3. Smart women sometimes marry horrible men, even when they KNOW better.


    • Heartburn - Nora Ephron  The hilarious comedy of a really bad break up, based on a true story. And proving that writing well is the best revenge. Library copy


    • This was hilarious! On the face of it, it's sad and emotionally draining. And in the hands of anyone other than Nora Ephron, that's all that it would be. I mean, a story about a woman, who at seven months of pregnancy, finds out that her husband is cheating on her and her marriage is pretty much kaput, shouldn't be funny at all! But trust me, you will laugh out loud at some parts.I didn't realize until I reached the end of the fourth chapter that this was a novel. But in my defence, I recently r [...]


    • I've always liked the movie based on this book. Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson and a soundtrack by Carly Simon what could be better than that? The book is very similar, although I would not necessarily say the book is better. Overall takeaway from the book: I found myself marveling at how CURRENT it felt. Fads really do happen first in New York, and much later for the middle of the country. Rachel, the narrator, talks about a pesto craze and I found myself thinking back in the 70s, my parents had [...]


    • By now we all know this is about Ephron's divorce from Carl Bernstein (whom I met once at San Francisco State University: she does not mention that he has terrible skin, but it's the only thing she doesn't mention). I don't know. It's like there isn't enough story here so she has to fill it out with the kreplatch story and charcters that never go anywhere (the lover who took huge bites out of raw onions; her maid who gave up men for Jesus) and the recipes. The recipes don't seem to have much to [...]


    • yo people don't know this but nora ephron in her early career had intersectionality DOWN. this was classist, racist, sexist, homophobic and tranphobic as hell. sorry nora! you got really really cool later, but this one was excruciating.


    • Nora Ephron was so flippn' funny. This book was written almost 30 years ago but it wears damn well. Rachel, a thinly disguised Nora, is going through a marital breakdown, and though you feel for her, you can't stop laughing:I had a list of what I wanted in a man. A long list. I wanted a registered Democrat, a bridge player, a linguist with a particular fluency in French, a subscriber to the New Republic, a tennis player. I wanted a man who wasn't bald, who wasn't fat, who wasn't covered with too [...]


    • I think I was about a third into the book when the narrator's name was first mentioned in a conversation with the husband. Rachel. What?! I thought it was Nora!! Only then did I realise that this is not actually Nora Ephron's memoir but a novel dealing with someone's fictional marriage(s). It was great, though, and had it been a real memoir that would have been the icing on the cake and worth five stars. It's hard to explain how a book about infidelity, narcissistic husbands, political animals i [...]


    • (See our full review over at Bookkaholic.) This is the funniest book you’ll ever read about heartbreak and betrayal. It’s full of wry observations about the compromises we make to marry – and then stay married to – people who are very different from us. And it's one of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson’s favorite books ever: for its mixture of recipes and rue, food and folly. It’s a quick read, but a substantial feast for the emotions.


    • Loved this book. Contributed greatly to my delusion that I could be a writer because NE makes it look so easy to be brilliant and entertaining and wise all at once.


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